Volvo 360c

Car India - - BULLETIN -

With a view to en­abling long-dis­tance travel with­out the need for air­ports, Volvo re­cently in­tro­duced their 360c Con­cept, show­cas­ing what au­ton­o­mous cars can ac­tu­ally be. Ini­tially, we were in­tro­duced to au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles where a per­son sits be­hind the wheel but not ac­tu­ally driv­ing the ve­hi­cle with a sur­prised look on their faces. Un­der­stand­ably so, but the Volvo 360c Con­cept is a com­pletely dif­fer­ent mat­ter al­to­gether.

A fu­tur­is­tic ex­te­rior, nav­i­ga­tion through GPS, a radar to mon­i­tor the dis­tance to other ve­hi­cles, and a smart sys­tem to com­mu­ni­cate with other ve­hi­cles are present, while man­ual con­trols for a driver to take con­trol are not. That’s right. No man­ual con­trol. What the car does of­fer is a whole new con­cept of com­mut­ing and trav­el­ling. The Volvo 360c Con­cept uses a sys­tem com­pris­ing ex­ter­nal sounds, colours, vi­su­als, move­ments, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems which makes the car’s move­ment very clear. The in­te­rior is as in­trigu­ing as the ex­te­rior and will po­ten­tially come with four de­signs: sleep­ing en­vi­ron­ment, liv­ing room, mo­bile of­fice, and en­ter­tain­ment space.

The sleep­ing cabin al­lows one to en­joy pre­mium com­fort and peace­ful travel through the night and wake up re­freshed at one’s des­ti­na­tion. In the sleep­ing en­vi­ron­ment, the ques­tion of safety due to the po­si­tion of a pas­sen­ger comes into ques­tion. Volvo have coun­tered this with mea­sures such as a safety blan­ket which has a re­strain­ing sys­tem sim­i­lar to a three-point safety belt.

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